What on Earth is a carbon offset?
Carbon offsets are a practical and effective way to reduce the effects of climate change by funding renewable energy, forestry, or clean water projects. These projects reduce emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases in order to compensate for emissions made elsewhere, like the emissions created from ordering something online. EcoCart calculates the emissions created from your online orders and donates the exact dollar amount required to reduce those emissions directly to these projects on your behalf.
How do I know the money is going to the right place?
With your help, we’re finding projects that are truly additive (meaning new), permanent, and without unintended consequences (i.e. creating more carbon elsewhere, like a game of Whack-a-Mole). All of our projects are independently certified to internationally recognized standards.
Every project we fund is triple-verified. Triple-verification means:
1. The project’s financials, management team, project site, and carbon reduction method are carefully vetted.
2. One of the world’s major carbon standards reviews the project.
3. Global Offset Research verifies the project against a second list of international standards.
Link to projects Eco Cart works on: https://ecocart.io/projects/
Eco cart calculates the carbon offset costs of each order and fund carefully selected projects.
Eco Cart offers full transparency into which projects they fund, why they chose them, and what their specific impact is.
Their robust algorithm calculates the exact carbon emissions from both manufacturing and shipping each order by looking at variables such as raw materials, manufacturing process, product weight, shipping distance, and more.
How much will a carbon offset cost?
Since our algorithm calculates the cost of a carbon neutral order by looking at variables such as product type, general materials mix of the product, product weight, shipping distance, and more, the cost will be unique for each order. However, the carbon offset amount is under $1.50 around 90% of the time.
Are carbon offsets the best way to slow climate change?
The best way to slow climate change is to not release carbon emissions in the first place. There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint, but it's not impossible to eliminate it completely. For reducing climate impact that can't be eliminates, high quality carbon offsets are the most credible and impactful tool.